Hawks Beat Indy, Win Second Straight
Atlanta 87, Indiana 85
INDIANAPOLIS, Nov. 25 (Ticker) -- The Atlanta Hawks have a winning streak.
Al Harrington scored 17 points as the Hawks put together consecutive wins for the first time in 19 months with an 87-85 victory over the Indiana Pacers, who were without Ron Artest.
"It's great. It's great for us to come in here and beat a team like this," Hawks coach Mike Woodson said. "We've had a loss by a tip-in at the buzzer and we've had two games that we led by 15 points and lost. We just couldn't close them out. These last two games, we didn't crack. Hopefully, that's a sign of maturity.
Harrington, who scored 34 points Wednesday, helped give the Hawks their first winning streak since a three-game run in April 2004. The former Pacer made a handful of big plays down the stretch.
"I wanted to be the person making plays out there," Harrington said. "In a make-or-break type of game, something's going to happen that isn't supposed to and I wanted to make something happen. We came in feeling pretty good about ourselves and it's good to string a couple of wins together. Not having Ron to deal with made it easier."
Artest, Indiana's leading scorer at 21.1 points, sat out with an wrist injury suffered in Thursday night's win over Cleveland. He is scheduled for an MRI on Saturday and is listed as day-to-day.
Led by Harrington, the Hawks stopped a 10-game losing streak in Indiana, winning here for the first time since November 19, 1999 - one of the first games at Conseco Fieldhouse. They had lost seven straight overall to the Pacers and 43 of their last 47 road games.
With Atlanta nursing an 82-81 lead, Harrington hit a jumper over Jermaine O'Neal to extend the lead with 39 seconds to play. After Jamaal Tinsley split a pair of free throws, Harrington got loose for a breakaway dunk that made it 86-82 with 27 seconds remaining.
Stephen Jackson drained a 3-pointer with 10 seconds left to cut the deficit to 86-85, but the Pacers were unable to get any closer despite the fact that the Hawks missed three free throws in the final nine seconds.
Tyronn Lue missed a pair, but Harrington was there to tap the rebound to Joe Johnson, who split two foul shots with seven seconds left.
"The shot over (O'Neal) was big, but the tip-out on the missed free throw was even bigger," Harrington said.
Tinsley drove the length of the court but passed up an open look to kick it into the right corner to rookie Sarunas Jasikevicius, who missed an open jumper as time expired.
O'Neal finished with 30 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks for Indiana. But it wasn't enough to counter Atlanta's 56-45 edge on the boards. The Hawks had 24 offensive rebounds and a 23-11 edge in second-chance points.
"It's starts with rebounding," Pacers coach Rick Carlisle said. "The play at the end of the game typified it. They missed two free throws, tipped it out and got another chance. You've got to give them credit for coming in here and playing the way they did. They made the plays that we couldn't make tonight.
Jasikevicius scored 14 points for Indiana, which was denied a 4-0 homestand.